The foundations of memory work
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This chapter considers the benefits of exploring memories of the past, in addition to describing ways of making memory work as fruitful as possible with people with communication and intellectual disabilities. Many of the techniques used in memory work with people with learning disabilities are very similar to those used with other client groups. Memory work involves holistic activities that potentially incorporate aspects of the whole person. It can be used to draw on skills and meet needs of a physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, creative and emotional nature. Memory work uses a number of cognitive skills including thinking, remembering and drawing on knowledge about the self and the world. Memory work provides a context in which to develop and practise social skills, and form new relationships. Pauses are natural in ordinary conversation, and even more so in memory work where a person may take time to gather their thoughts or access a particular memory.